Can Apprenticeships solve ‘our Divided Nation’?

January 26, 2018

The recent Social Mobility Commission report published by the Government communicated that the gap between the rich and everyone else is growing at an alarming rate.

With turbulent ‘Brexit led’ economic times, the majority of the nation are experiencing pay cuts, a rising cost of living and a more disengaged youth.

While the aspirations around Social Mobility are nothing new, the education landscape is also still rapidly changing introduction of degree apprenticeships, parliament debate around T-levels and the drive to increase digital skills nationally, the Apprenticeship Levy and funding changes for adult training which could have the potential to throw targets off course.

So, what’s the impact?

April 2017 saw the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy with UK employers, kick-starting a period of challenge for how this would be practically implemented in business, alongside the increasing challenges of recruitment and retention of the workforce. Individual sectors such as hospitality and food manufacturing also began to feel the early impact of Brexit on skills availability.

While the picture we are painting does not sound overly positive, through detailed working with our Levy employers we have begun to observe many developments which have a positive impact on Social Mobility.

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While more work needs to be done, along with the work of Training Providers and their partner clients, positively The Department for Education and the Education & Skills Funding Agency are also working with Local Enterprise Partnerships to bring together groups of public and private sector employers to improve ethnic representation in apprenticeships in local areas.

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